Caps Defeat Oilers 4-2

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The Washington Capitals protected their home ice with a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. It was one of their better peroformances. The fourth line produced two goals, the penalty kill only let one in, and Alex Ovechkin made power play goal history.  Continue reading “Caps Defeat Oilers 4-2”

Andre Burakovsky Scores First Goal of Season in Caps Loss to Oilers

The Washington Capitlas fell 4-1 to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night in the second of a four-game road trip. Their record drops to 4-2-2. The Caps will continue their trip on Saturday afternoon in Calgary. Thursday just wasn’t their night.  Continue reading “Andre Burakovsky Scores First Goal of Season in Caps Loss to Oilers”

The Pregame: Alex Chiasson Gets His Stanley Cup Ring, Preview of Tonight’s Tilt in Edmonton

After a big win on Monday night in Vancouver, the Caps continue their four-game road trip tonight in Edmonton against Connor McDavid and the Oilers. Puck drop is at 9:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Stanley Cup ring tour made another big stop! After Jay Beagle got his ring, it was Alex Chiasson’s turn. Making the Capitals last year on a PTO, Chiasson was instrumental in the bottom-six forward corps. Continue reading “The Pregame: Alex Chiasson Gets His Stanley Cup Ring, Preview of Tonight’s Tilt in Edmonton”

Meet our Newest Writer: Marcus Boutilier

We really have become an international blog here at FICP. With one writer in Brazil, we now expand our coverage to Canada!

Meet Marcus Boutilier. He grew up playing hockey in Southern Ontario and Leaf Nation and is now living in Oiler Nation. But he’s been cheering, jeering, and couch coaching/managing the Caps since the draft of 1983 and the Unleashing of the Fury we know as Scott Stevens. Marcus even interned with the OHL champion Oshawa Generals Hickey Club.

As he tells it “If I miss a Caps game on TV it’s cause I’m Rocking the Red at the game. Seen Caps in every Canadian city except WIN. I make a trip to DC once a season for live Caps hockey.”

He also makes time for Oilers hockey as well, since he is stuck in the middle of after all. He says “With McDavid in the lineup I’m cool with it.”

And like the rest of us, he “…. daydreams of third rounds …..”

Follow Marcus on Twitter at @SportMajor and look for his articles on our blog!

Welcome the family!!!

Penalties Drown Caps in Loss to Oilers

Get the coffee ready, Caps faithful! We’re in for a late night as our boys play the Edmonton Oilers at the brand new Rogers Place. In a game that started at 9:30pm, local time, this was the first meeting of the Caps versus rookie phenom Connor McDavid. Can Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals defense stifle McDavid and the Oilers offense?

In the first period, Edmonton brought an onslaught of offense and had great zone time. They peppered Holtby with pucks but could not get anything through. Benoit Pouliot committed the games first penalty and was called for cross-checking against Alex Ovechkin. The Caps could not convert on the powerplay so the game remained scoreless. Jay Beagle was called for holding the stick of Connor McDavid, and the Caps were on their first penalty kill. As the Oilers were also unsuccessful on their powerplay, the Caps kept them off the scoreboard. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was also called for tripping against Evgeny Kuznetsov, and the Caps were back on the powerplay. However, they were still unsuccessful in getting a puck past Cam Talbot. Daniel Winnik was also called for a penalty against the Caps. He was caught tripping Connor McDavid. This seems to be a pretty penalty heavy period! Although, neither team could get anything past the netminders. Caps and Oilers tied, 0-0.

With :44 seconds remaining on Winnik’s penalty, the Caps started the second period shorthanded. Oilers could not convert, so back to even-strength go the Caps. The Oilers had a great oddman rush, but Karl Alzner was there with a sprawling play that knocked the puck away. Caps had a great chance as Sanford almost got his first of his NHL career, but Talbot was there with a fantastic save to keep the game even. Backstrom had a point blank shot but Talbot made another
spectacular save to keeps the Caps off the board. A rather lucky deflection off a Pouliot’s skate put the puck past Holtby and gave Edmonton the lead. With less than three minutes remaining, Pouliot threw a puck off Holtby’s back that bounced into the net. Almost immediately, Pouliot was called for a penalty for closing his hand on the puck. During that powerplay for the Caps, TJ Oshie and Cam Talbot got matching minors when Oshie furiously tried to get a puck from under the tendy and Talbot threw a few shots to Oshie’s face with his blocker. Things are getting fiesty at the end of the third. Bad guys up, 2-0.

Alex Ovechkin finally breaks through Talbot and got the Caps on the board 9 seconds into the third period. This is Ovi’s 4th goal in four games. Dmitry Orlov almost tied the game with a shot that barely missed. However, Edmonton got their 2 goal lead back almost immediately. Patrick Maroon tapped a rebound in past Holtby as Braden was flat on his stomach from blocking a shot from McDavid who hit post. Caps were this close to tying the game and just as quickly lost their momentum, viewing another 2 goal defecit. Lars Eller was called for hooking, sending the Caps to their fourth penalty kill. Edmonton was able to convert on this powerplay, scoring their fourth goal. Milan Lucic deflected the puck past Holtby, glove side high. Right after the faceoff, Oshie was called for yet another Capitals penalty. Caps go a mandown. Yet again. The Oilers did
not score on this PP. However, it did not matter. Caps lose to the Oilers, 1-4.

The Caps are having a VERY lazy looking and slow game. They look very tired tonight. There were WAY too many penalties committed by the Caps in this game. Not sure how they expected to win when they played half the game a mandown. While Holtby did he best to keep pucks out of the net, Edmonton had some very fortunate deflections and definitely took advantage of the penalty parade the Caps put on. The Caps are now 3-2-1. 

As they continue their Canadien road trip, the next Caps game is on Saturday night at 10pm, local time, against the Vancouver Canucks. We are lucky this one is on a Saturday night, as this is sure to be another late one!

Caps Strike it Rich Over the Oilers

The Caps squared off against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday with Jason Chimera facing his hometown team. Former Caps player Matt Hendricks –Hendy-retuned  to the Oilers tonight. It was good to see him again…right??? Before the game even started we had a near catastrophe when Justin Williams tumbled on top of goalie Braden Holtby during pre-game stretches. All was good though as Williams got up laughing.

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Holby down.

 

Here are the highlights of the game, along with more great pictures.

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Edmonton Oilers Starting Lineup

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Caps Daily Glass Bump: Nov 23, 2015

The Caps practiced at Kettler Iceplex this morning in preparation for their match with the Edmonton Oilers at 7 pm tonight. The line-up appears to be the same as that for their last game on Saturday:

 

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Practice Pics

Michael Latta (see photo above) was the only player working on faceoff drills. Given his 88 percent win on the faceoff last game, we can expect to see more of him in the faceoff spot tonight.

 

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Looks like we caught coach explaining to Andre Burakovsky that he is going to get a little more time to “clear his head.”

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Stanislav Galiev gets the nod again tonight–in for Burky.

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T.J. Oshie is back in the lineup tonight–did we ever doubt he would be? After a maintenance day to recover from some hard hits Friday, Oshie was back on the ice at morning skate.

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And then there is Nate Schmidt…does this guy ever not smile? Today we saw that behind that smile is a man with some power. Note the broken stick and his ever so sheepish look.

And lets not forget, today is Nicklas Backstrom’s 28th birthday. We wish him well and a night full of points!

Coming into the game tonight the Caps are 13-5-1 against the Oilers 7-12-1. Caps are 21-10-2 at home against the Oilers. This is the second and last meeting of the season for these two teams. Should be a fast-skating night to see if now that the Caps know they can score first if they have figured out how to win two in a row! Stay tuned for highlights later tonight.

What to Watch for Tonight:

John Carlson: One point away from passing Rod Langway’s record of 202 for eighth place in goals earned by a Cap’s defenseman.

Justin Williams: Three points to go to reach 600 career HNL points.